The Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination (OLQE) Preparatory Courses 2012
Applicants wishing to apply to sit or be exempt from sitting the Examination in 2012 must submit their applications by 29 June 2012.
|Information Package for OLQE 2012
OLQE 2012 Information Package from The Law Society of Hong Kong is available now! DOWNLOAD NOW
|Updates for OLQE 2012
The 2012 Information Package has been updated with the following major amendments:
- List of non-common law jurisdictions (Part I B)
- Mongolia, Netherlands and Sweden are included as the non-common law jurisdictions.
- Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination Information (Part I C)
- Paragraph 11(b) is amended to include the particulars of the commercial providers which had previously organised preparatory courses for the Examination. Candidates may contact these providers directly to check whether there are any preparatory courses for the 2012 Examination. The Society does not endorse or accredit any of these courses.
- Paragraph 23 is amended to the effect that result slips will be sent by e-mail to the e-mail correspondence address provided by the candidates followed by hard copies to be sent by regular post or air mail. Incidental amendments to paragraph 30 of the Application Form are also made.
- Paragraph 24 is amended to the effect that after the release of the Examination results, a candidate may request for copies of the examination question books subject to the payment of the photocopying charges at HK$1.00 per page per examination question book.
- Meaning of "experience in the practice of law" (Part I F)
- The meaning of "experience in the practice of law" is clarified as follows:
- The professional stage of legal education (post-academic and pre-admission) including but not limited to service as a trainee solicitor or articled clerk in the applicant's jurisdiction of admission must be gained in the 10 year period immediately preceding the application;
- The academic qualifications such as LLM cannot be recognised as "experience in the practice of law".
- Application Form A (Part I G)
- Paragraph J is amended to clarify that if a law firm or company is no longer in existence, an applicant may provide written confirmation by his supervising principal confirming the non existence of the law firm or company and verifying his experience based on his personal capacity, information and knowledge.
- Paragraph M is amended to clarify that a professional translator or a person who is well versed in both English and the relevant languages may prepare the certified English translation of documents which are not in English. An acceptable certification statement is included.
Please take note that the following major amendments to the Overseas Lawyers Qualification for Admission Rules are being proposed. They will not, however, affect the OLQE 2012 examination. Their implementation date will depend on the progress of the legislative amendment procedure.
To prepare for the coming into operation of the proposed legislative amendments, please note the following:
- There will be an additional written Head on Hong Kong Constitutional Law;
- The pre-requisite requirement of 5 years of experience in the practice of law enabling an applicant to become eligible to apply for exemption from sitting a written Head will count the followings:
- Experience gained during a period of service as a trainee solicitor, articled clerk or pupil or a practical legal training course in lieu thereof, that is required to be completed for the purpose of admission in the person's jurisdiction of admission;
- Experience gained in providing legal services to the public in the capacity as a lawyer practicing the law of a common law jurisdiction - this provision is intended to cover lawyers in private practice;
- Experience gained in providing legal services otherwise than to the public the nature of which is regarded by the Society as being similar to those in sub-paragraph (ii) above - this provision is intended to cover lawyers practicing in-house and yet the nature of work is regarded by the Society as similar to that in private practice.
- No extension will be granted to any Section 3(2) Certificate for the purpose of enabling the holder of the Certificate to sit the 2011 or 2012 Examinations;
- All applications for the 2011 or 2012 Examinations by former candidates must be made by way of a fresh application in accordance with the rules and guidelines applicable at the time.
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Jason L, Registered Foreign Lawyer
Lex Omnibus does a great job distilling the overwhelming quantity of information in each OLQE Head into a structure that is much more manageable to grasp. With their help I was able to pass both OLQE Heads despite a Head I paper that focused on some unconventional issues (2020). The lecturers are very responsive to questions via email and have a genuine desire to help students understand the often difficult concepts. They also have a lot of experience marking the actual exams and this insight proved incredibly valuable.
Jason N, Registered Foreign Lawyer
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, Registered Foreign Lawyer
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, Registered Foreign Lawyer
I sat five heads of the OLQE and, thanks to the excellent lecturers, responsive support staff, realistic mock exams and detailed course notes at Lex Omnibus, passed all my exams in one go. I was also working full time while studying. The notes, combined with the face-to-face lectures, were comprehensive enough that I relied entirely on the course notes and did not have to open one textbook on the OLQE reading list. I highly recommend Lex Omnibus!
, Registered Foreign Lawyer
- Closing date for lodging application to sit the 2012 OLQE Examinations29 Jun 2012 (Fri)
- Closing date for registration to sit the 2012 OLQE Examinations17 Aug 2012 (Fri)
- Issue of candidate slips17-21 Sep 2012
- Last date to advise of disability3 Oct 2012 (Wed)
- Last day to withdraw from Examiantion to be eligible for part refund of registration fee19 Oct 2012 (Fri)
- Provisional date for release of the results28 Feb 2013 (Thu)